Welcome to Ulysses Wednesday, where I track my progress reading James Joyce's tale of a day in the life of Leopold Bloom.
Status: page 400 of 783.
I've made progress! I'm halfway done! I still don't understand most of what I'm reading!
There has been one - ONE - chapter (12 or 13 depending on which reference I consult, the edition I am reading does not mark them) which almost reads like a normal novel; in which Leopold is relaxing along the sea and encounters Gerty MacDowell. At first it seems rather boring (though comprehensible) - a group of girls along with the young brothers of one of them are enjoying the pleasant evening within earshot of the Mass being held at the church nearby. Gerty is bored with this scene, and notices Leopold watching her; they acknowledge each other and, well, let's just say their encounter is consummated from afar. The description of course is very symbolic but leaves no doubt as to what is happening (Fireworks!). It seems tame compared to how these scenes can be described nowadays, but I can see how this chapter would have caused an outcry back in the day.
The next chapter (13 or 14) takes me back to confusion. Joyce is apparently experimenting with styles of different authors in English literature in chronological order, and though I get that he has gone to the maternity hospital to visit someone I have no idea what else is happening. *Sigh* One step forward, two steps back.